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EveryBODY Plays! MCW to host Milwaukee’s first Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo

July 8, 2014

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) physical medicine and rehabilitation department will host an Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo on July 26, at Nathan Hale High School, in West Allis.

Aptly titled “EveryBODY Plays,” the goal of the expo is to introduce adaptive sports and recreation to persons with disabilities and to create awareness in the community of southeast Wisconsin. The expo will showcase over 40 organizations with adaptive sports and recreation opportunities for all. Sports exhibitions that are offered include adaptive cycling and kayaking, adaptive horseback riding, wheelchair challenge course, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, (hunting, and fishing-take out), quad rugby, wheelchair bocci and goal ball. All activities are available for adults and children.

Ken Lee, M.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at MCW, is the primary organizer of the event. David Nelson, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine at MCW; and Moriah Iverson, M.S., clinical research coordinator at MCW, along with a large group of medical residents and other MCW faculty and staff, are helping coordinate the event.

Anyone can participate in the expo, which is organized to promote the southeast Wisconsin community’s well-being and awareness. Dr. Lee encourages everyone to participate, regardless of age, gender, and disability. “It’s more about what they can do with their disability rather than what they can’t,” Dr. Lee said.

Through the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo, Dr. Lee hopes to spread awareness that persons with disabilities also have opportunities to participate in sports.
“It is important for us to bring all the resources in one place, so the persons with disabilities and their families can be informed about adaptive sports, experience the sports, and participate in such sports and recreational activities in the future around the community,” Dr. Lee said. He anticipates the expo will create awareness of adaptive sports among persons with non-disabilities as well, especially friends and families of persons with disabilities—and he hopes this is the first of many such events.

The expo is free to attend, and volunteers are encouraged to register and come as well. More than 40 booths will offer free information for interested participants on more adaptive programs and activities offered in southeast Wisconsin.

Curative Care Network is the primary sponsor of the event. Curative is an organization that works to improve the function and quality of life for persons with disabilities or limiting conditions through high quality care and services.

Other sponsors include Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, Wheel & Sprocket, West Allis West Milwaukee School District, Badgerland Veterans Adaptive Sports Club, Nathan Hale High School, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, Adaptive Adventures, Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter, and Sodexo Quality of Life Services.

For more information on participating, volunteering, and registration, visit http://www.mcw.edu/physicalmedicine/Adaptive-Sports-and-Recreation-Expo.htm.

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